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Windows 7: Is it possible to change IE9's interface to that of IE7 or IE8?

25 Mar 2012   #1

Is it possible to change IE9's interface to that of IE7 or IE8?

I recently upgraded to IE9 and I am absolutely appaled at the interface. The changes in it remind me of why I usually hate upgrading my software in the first place.

To get to the point: Is there any way to restore some or all of the interface of IE7/8? Items of note that I'd like to alter include:

-Restoring the Favorites menu to the left side of the page.

-Having the convienent small Google search bar on the right side, as opposed to the full on Google toolbar which requires its own row.

-Ensuring tabs are on the bottom of any and all toolbars, instead of forced to be right under the address bar.

My biggest problem is that the only way to get a convienent search bar is to have it BELOW the tabs. I tried unlocking the toolbars and trying to move them (as has been possible in the past), but it was impossible to move them. They simply refused to change location.

Any help on this matter would be GREATLY appreciated. I tried looking for similar topics, but of the few I found, none actually seemed to address the issue of making IE9 more usable, only uninstalling IE9 and returning to an earlier version.

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25 Mar 2012   #2

Windows 8.1 ; Windows 7 x86 (Dec2008-Jan2013)

I am afraid that for all those needs you would have to get some other browser with more customization options.
Firefox is one of those highly customizable browsers.

As for your second concern regarding google toolbar, you can get rid of it in IE9, because you can actually use address bar as google search with no extra search bar required!!! Check out article here.
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25 Mar 2012   #3

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

You can move the menu, and remove the google bar as mentioned, but the others are not possible, sorry.

I just turned the menu bar always on and use that, including bookmarks

Internet Explorer - Turn Menu Bar Always On or Off

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